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West Coast v Carlton
Semi Final, 2011
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Kennedy kicked 3 against his old side. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 17 September 2011 (5:50 PM WST)
Venue
Attendance
42,803
Result
Won by 3
Score
WCE 15.11.101 - 15.8.98 CAR
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West Coast won a final for the first time since the 2006 premiership, but it took a four-quarter effort against a Carlton side that refused to lie down. After a poor first quarter the Eagles turned it on in the second, kicking eight goals (with Mark Nicoski contributing three of them) to take a slim lead into halftime. The two sides traded blows in the third term, but two quick goals to Jack Darling at the start of the final quarter saw West Coast take control and when Mark LeCras goaled shortly into time-on, the Eagles were 21 points up and seemingly home. Three quick Carlton goals saw the Blues get to within just two points but West Coast survived some nervous moments to move into the preliminary finals. Dean Cox led from the front with 19 possessions, 35 hitouts and a goal, and Scott Selwood picked up 21 touches while quelling the influence of Chris Judd.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 1.3.9 9.3.57 11.8.74 15.11.101
Carlton 4.1.25 7.4.46 10.5.65 15.8.98

Goals: Darling, Kennedy, Nicoski 3, Cox, Hurn, LeCras, Lynch, McGinnity, priddis

Best: Cox, S.Selwood, Kerr, Kennedy, Priddis, Nicoski, Glass

Injuries: Nil

Sub: McGinnity for Masten in the fourth quarter

Named sides[]

West Coast Carlton
B: Hurn Glass Schofield B: Joseph Jamison Laidler
HB: Butler MacKenzie Waters HB: Yarran Thornton Duigan
C: Shuey Priddis Embley C: Simpson Robinson Scotland
HF: LeCras Kennedy Nicoski HF: Garlett Henderson Carrazzo
F: Darling Lynch Naitanui F: Betts O'hAilpin Walker
R: Cox A.Selwood S.Selwood R: Warnock Judd Murphy
I: Kerr Masten McGinnity I: Armfield Ellard Davies
Gaff Tuohy
E: Ebert Smith Hams E: Bower Russell Hampson

In: Kerr

Out: Ebert

Club Champion votes[]

S.Selwood 24 A.Selwood 16
Kennedy 21 Shuey 15
Kerr 20 Butler 13
MacKenzie 20 Lynch 13
Priddis 20 Hurn 12
Darling 19 McGinnity 12
Waters 19 Naitanui 11
Embley 18 Schofield 11
Glass 18 Gaff 10
Nicoski 18 LeCras 10
Cox 17 Masten 9

[1]

From the papers[]

The Age[]

"In the space of five minutes in the second quarter West Coast gave an indication of why it has gone from cellar dweller to premiership contender in the space of a year.

Mark Nicoski's scrappy snap five minutes into term two sparked an exhilarating run in which the Eagles booted four unanswered goals in almost as many minutes.

By the time Nicoski slotted a beauty from the boundary line five minutes later, West Coast had gone from three goals behind Carlton to level pegging.

Thirty seconds later the Eagles were in front, Darling roosting the ball into Patersons Stadium's three-tier stand after a needless infringement from Marcus Davies."[2]

Sunday Herald-Sun[]

"After an exhilarating start from the Blues, a decisive momentum shift in the second term put the game back in the Eagles' favour

Daniel Kerr ignited the Eagles' fightback with a brilliant second term.

The warrior was unstoppable, showing the poise that once made him one of the AFL's elite.

As the Eagles' engine room began to click into gear, so, too, did its long-kicking game plan.

The Eagles had the height in attack to worry the Blues' defenders and it was only in the second term that they began to capitalise on their marking power."[3]

WAFL[]

Prelim Final (11 Sept)

West Perth (Strijk) vs Subiaco

Injury list[]

In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured:

Player Injury Expected duration
Neates Knee Season
B.Wilson Ankle Season
Rosa Knee 1 week
Smith Hamstring Test
Cox Hip Test
Kerr Back Test
Lycett Knee Test

References[]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/2011/031820110917.html

http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2011/26/wce-v-carl

  1. West Coast Eagles Year Book 2011, p.55
  2. Simon White, The Age (17 September 2011), "West Coast claw home to give Carlton the blues": http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/west-coast-claw-home-to-give-carlton-the-blues-20110917-1kfji.html
  3. Jay Clark, Sunday Herald-Sun (17 September 2011), "Carlton lose to West Coast by three points in thrilling semi-final": http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/carlton-loses-to-west-coast-by-three-points-in-thrilling-semi-final/news-story/fdfa197636b3e3f7e70c5bb3b35d4a55
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